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washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months. publishing a report. that gets read and then pushed aside. >> the team will reportedly look at not only gun laws me and tall health policies. republicans have yet to sign on to measures by the house and senate democrats aimed to limit cliffs that hold ten bullets at one time, they are quietly having conversations about what role they should play. >> we need to look at what drives a crazy person to do these actions. make sure what we are enforcing the laws on the books? >> as he proposed bold steps and promised swift action. mr. obama faced with a tough question. why hasn't he acted before now? >> this is not the first issue of horrific gun violence of the four years. where have you been? >> citing the councilmember economic crisis, two wars and the fight to pass sweeping healthcare legislation the president responded. >> i don't think i have been on vacation. >> many feel the president's resolve at this time will be welcome on capitol hill. >> the time is different because there is s
, including mcclatchy service and the "washington post." he has been missing in syria since august. in all there are 15 journalists who have reported to have gone missing in syria while reporting on this conflict. so far of the 15 only eight have been freed. our richard and ghazi and john are three of them. we and they and their families feel very lucky and very happy tonight that that is the case, even as we continue to be concerned about those for whom we cannot yet say that foreign correspondents and crews know exactly how dangerous it can be to report from a war zone. we know in part from their reporting that this particular war zone appears to be descending into just total chaos right now. you can see signs of that in the syrian government's apparent decision to fire scud missiles inside its own territory at its own people. they deny they have done it. nato says they have evidence they have. you can see it in the increasing alarm in the increasing reports that the regime may at least be moving its chemical weapons stocks around the country. you can see it in richard's latest reporting
finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning signs that there was an imminent attack coming. there wasn't a specific threat, but a lot of attacks on other western targets that should have been a clue that there was deteriorating security situation and
killed there on september 11th, including ambassador chris stevens. tara mergener is in washington this morning with more. good morning, tara. >> good morning to you. >>> well, the state department released unclassified portions of the report last night. investigators offered harsh criticism of the state department but did not single out any individual u.s. individuals for blame. the review board was headed up by retired ambassador thomas pickering and former chairman of the joints chief of staff, admiral mike mullen. they'll discuss their findings with lawmakers today. the panel blamed systematic failures and leadership and management deficiency in two bureaus of the state department for security measures at the benghazi compound that were described as inadequate. the report concluded that while there were no specific threats of a terrorist plot, there were several incidents leading up to the september 11th attack that should have served as warning signs. investigators also praised the diplomatic security agents who responded to the attack and absolved the pentagon for any blame,
. is washington ready for a fight over guns that no one thought would happen? >>> blast from the past. find out what michael dukakis has to say about the idea of being a u.s. senator once john kerry becomes officially the next secretary of state. being a little bit coy. could he run? here comes the new. >>> good morning from washington. it is wednesday, december 19th, 2012. this is the. i'm chuck todd. >>> today could be the day the two sides come together for a big deficit reduction deal or we could be 24 hours from it totally falling apart. that seems like telling you everything and nothing at the same time. but there's something to this. follow me here. the president and speaker boehner have really never been closer to a deal. they both made major concessions over the last i'd say 72 hours. the nation still mourning the tragedy in connecticut. both sides have admitted that the tone of the talks have changed. >> an event like that, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more st
. >> and in washington, the nra breaks it's silence. the kudlow report starts now. >> all right let's go to john harwitt first in dc. i think i agree with what you were saying first. >>> he moved to plan b and the hope that further negotiations could produce progress. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have their current rates extended. i continue to have hope. that would reduce spending as well as revenues on the table. >> but of course the democrats in the senate. didn't see plan b as a step forward. harry reid came out and said, john boehner is walking away from the nenegotiations. >> every time we get down to something from the long-term financial think for this country. they do the charlie brown thing, they jerk the ball away. and this is what is going on. >> the posturing conceals the process that we are not aware of. but i talked to a budget aid that said, he thinks things are getting worse in terms for prospects of a deal. >> by the way, my contacts have said the same thing. you thank you very, very much. all of this may be defying predictions. it is a
the information on the benghazi embassy were released. we blew it. at least washington d. >> brian: state department i guess. think it is it acward when mom tried to find you on facebook. being poked by the ayatollah of iran. fox and friends starts right now. ♪ fox and friends. >> steve: the poking on facebook is a weird thing. you - on poke >> gretchen: poking? >> steve: you know what all of the people in the world are doing. >> gretchen: i can poke in different ways. i guess i will figure it out in facebook, too. 92 pokemon. in serious news, a report released on the benghazi terror attack. independent report left four americans including our embassy dead happened after systemic failures produced subparsecurity in our consul late, steves had more from washington. >> good morning, steve and everyone. that cathing report blames state department for a lack of proper security for the deaths of four people in benghazi. the ambassador to libya was among those killed. a special panel was convened to find out what went wrong and presented to select members of congress behind closed doors. the
. they will hold a major news conference on this in washington to further explain that condition. during the self-imposed blackout the nra took down its facebook page. tonight it's back up again and folks on both sides of the gun control issue are sounding off and weighing in. one person writes i upped to a life membership because i trust the nra to protect americans and their right to keep and bear arms. i hope i don't have to cut up and send my membership card in on friday. another one says you really need assault rifles to defend your home in case someone breaks in. the very guns soldiers carry into war? there should be more restrictions on the sale of assault rifles. a cbs poll shows 57% of americans now support stricter gun control laws and that's the highest it's been in a decade. those in favor of gun control have their work cut out for them. the nra's lobbying budget, 66% greater than the brady foundation, the leading gun control organization. if you're a gun control advocate, you also have to deal with this number. an estimated 3 million americans that already own a rifle called the ar-1
in washington. >>> in newtown today, funerals for five of the victims, including principal dawn hochsprung and teacher victoria soto. classes will resume for sandy hook students january 2nd in nearby monroe. >> we're not sure what will happen to sandy hook. at this point, the teachers are telling me and the parents are telling me they don't want to walk back into that building. >>> the benghazi breakdown, the scathing findings of an independent investigation blames the state department from top to bottom. >> mistakes were made, lives were lost, and lessons need to be learned. >> there's no question that there were people within the state department that were remiss and did not execute in an appropriate way. >>> what will be the fallout for secretary of state hillary clinton? >>> and spidy senses activate, how did president obama get caught in the hero's web? >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama has just held a mini news conference announcing a task force on guns led by joe biden and the state of negotiations which seem to be stalling over the fiscal cliff.
could do well over the next few months, even if the two sides in washington can't rise above politics and come up with a reasonable budget that has both spending cuts and tax increases and seems to be the case right now after the president's discouraging press conference, which suggested that no deal's imminent. and the white house is quietly saying talks have regressed. what about our failure to revisit what didn't happen, what didn't go wrong and the impact on the market? well, let's start with today's incredible news about general motors buying $5.5 billion worth of stock from the u.s. government's t.a.r.p. program. and it was at a price $2 above where gm traded yesterday. that's right. we, the people, got a better deal than we could've ever hoped for just the day before. gm most likely would have been liquidated, putting more than 1 million people out of work. if the federal government hadn't bailed it out. nobody likes a bailout. people don't like to use the phrase bailout and the government isn't going to be made whole in this investment. i'm saying that point-blank. that's beca
in a very long time. i won't include washington jefferson adams. gumaybe. but maybe. she would be great. >> bill: nancy pelosi getting a little bit ahead of herself there, i think. i personally have pledged i am not going to talk about 2016 until maybe the second half of 2015. so everybody keeps saying do you think hillary is going to run? i am not going to comment on 2016. i want to focus on the moment, sees the moment. let's make the most of 2012 and 2013 2013. we have a lot to cover here today with lots of help. eliot spitzer, our good friend from ""viewpoint"" will be along as he is every wednesday more than. peter welch in studio with us and lee saunders the president of afsme who will fight back after the right to work was signed into law guy governor rick snyder. good news on the gun control front yesterday. but first. >> this is the full court press. >> on this wednesday, other headlines making news, a big sigh of relief in the media community and the world. nbc news richard engal reserved yesterday after going missing in syria for five days.
, responsiveness and leadership at the senior levels in washington, tripoli, and benghazi. in a letter to congress secretary of state hillary clinton said she accepted every one of the panel's 24 recommendations. elise joins us from the state department. first of all, elise, characterize this for me. were we expecting this to be as scathing and then again give us a feel for who this panel is and how independent it is. >> ashleigh, i read a lot of these reports in my many years of covering the state department, and it is pretty scathing. i think we expected an honest assessment, a tough assessment, and it was really kind of extremely critical, not only of the state department as a whole but specific bureaus and in talking about this systemic value of senior leadership problems that basically failed not only to protect the consulate in benghazi but also failed to see the warning signs of this very deteriorating situation in benghazi that was really a brewing hot bed of islamic activity. ambassador thomas pickering, admiral mike mullen and the other people that were on this independent panel, really
, connecticut. while in washington, president obama walked into the white house briefing room named for james brady-- the press secretary critically wounded in the shooting of president reagan in 1981-- to talk about gun violence. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> ifill: instead, in the wake of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school, mr. obama said, "this time, the words need to lead to action" on gun violence. >> the vast majority of responsible law abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible law breaking few from buying a weapon of war. i'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas. there is a big chunk of space between what the 2nd amendment means and having no rules at all. >> reporter: to that end, the president announced vice president biden and an administration team will craft recommendations on everything from gun laws to mental health, to be sent to congress by january. >> this is not some washington commiss
: but the only real certainty appeared to be that lawmakers will be back in washington right after christmas if there's to be any deal before the new year's deadline. and to two reporters who've been closely watching this story. todd zwillich covers congress for public radio international's "the takeaway" on wnyc. and carol lee of the "wall street journal" joins us from the white house. thank you both for talking to us. carol, i'm going to start with you. from the white house perspective, where do things stand? >> i think from the white house perspective, the ball is essentially in the house john boehner's court. i think the president and his team of advisors feel that they've positioned him fairly well, that he's in a very defense i believe position in terms of his latest offer, that he forward yesterday. to the speaker. but if you step back and think about where we were four days ago versus where we are now, it's pretty remarkable how much the two sides have come to very close to reaching an actual deal. now the two sides are in this position where the job is to sell it to their different
washington. >> when congress passes a law, it's basically just a frame work; then federal agencies delegated the authority to write regulations and rules that spell out just how the law will be enforced. before they become time, there's a comment period when the public, employers, companies, anyone impacted can weigh in. back in 1993, president clinton signed an executive order saying agencies should allow a 60 day comment period, but that's not happying with -- happening with four regulations tied to the health care law. one just has 24 days, and final comments due during the holidays. americans for limited government wrote to the department of health and human services asking for an explanation requesting that the comment period be extended. one of the regulations is more than 400 pages long, and regulatory experts say it's nearly impossible for a company to review something of that volume and prepare a formal comment in time. >> because of that, a lot of agencies work in secret. you know, the only people that know about them are large stake holders in industry that have full-time counsel
this is not some wishy washy blue ribbon government study group. take a listen. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms, right now. >> president obama also emphasized no law can prevent every act of violence. and he wants, he says, the nation must also look at a culture that glorifies guns, glorifies violence, and look at how we treat those who are mentally ill. want to go to the white house, to our correspondent there, brianna keilar, and, you know, to talk about the president's timetable here, 30 days, a month. you know washington, you've covered washington for years. is that even possible? >> reporter: it is still to be seen and you can't really overstate how difficult of an issue this is to tackle in washington and in congress, brooke. but the president laid out a timeline where he said vice president biden and this -- essentially a task force is going to be giving him
no matter what comes out of washington.. why traders are convinced.. there will be no falling off a fiscal cliff. in today's cover story.. why retailers and wall street firms are stepping away from gunmakers. plus- who has more power millenniels or baby boomers.. the surprising answer.. and what will interest rates look like in 2013? first business starts now. you're watching first business: financial news, analysis, and today's investment ideas good morning. it's wednesday december 19th. i'm angela miles. in today's first look what is the market telling us? stocks rallied once again yesteday..in what traders view as a sign a deal to avert the so called fiscal cliff.. is highly likely. money pulled out of gold -- which is considered a safe haven.. and instead went into equities.. as well as oil. shares of oracle bounced almost 3% in heavy volume. the tech company surpassed wall street's expectations. oracle is up 28% this year. gas prices are closing in on a 2 year low. the national average for a gallon of unleaded regular is $3.23. it's time now for trader talk with larry sho
liberal cause for the washington, d.c. show, the 19th is the brady center because again, i was looking at the numbers of how the degree to which they're outspent by the nra. and that's what usually drives the debate in washington, right? this is good news. the president -- [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] is actively supportive of the assault weapons ban. i was saying this yesterday, a lot of people are using the terms tipping point and i really hope so. actually, that should be a minimum. that should be a minimum. the assault weapons ban. you know. you've got to get to all of it, don't you? the gun show loophole, the magazines. anyway, all right. so i think at a bare minimum the assault weapons ban. even the "new york post," did you see that? >> up rupert murdoch's "new york post." >> stephanie: what's going on? there is a disconnect between murdoch and fox news. >> even though o'reilly said we may need to look at some sensible gun control. >> stephanie: maybe. >> hannity didn't think so but o'reilly
. >>> it happening right now in washington, california senator bar bau broxer has called a news conference. this -- barbara boxer has called a news conference. she will be talking about new legislation she will be introducing to toughen security at schools. we're watching it live. this is where it will happen. ktvu will monitor it and we'll let you know what she has to say when she says it. >>> more funerals are planned today for victims of the connecticut schoal scooting. so far, the -- school shooting. three more children will be buried today. people will pay their respects to vick -- vicki soto. she will be buried today. >>> and meantime, we've learned that sandy hook elementary students are not expected to resume classes until january at an empty school building a nearby town. there's also new information about the gunman. there are reports his mother could no longer handle him and he became upset after learning she was taking steps to have him committed to a psychiatric facility. this morning, the chief medical examiner in connecticut says he's searching for any genetic clues that cou
in particular caused washington to give unusual deference to his judgment. while the report concludes that there were systemic failures at senior levels of the state department, significantly it does not make any formal recommendations for discipline airy action, bill. bill: what else should we know that's in there, catherine? >> reporter: well the missing piece really, and this is the critical policy piece, is why it was that the obama administration specifically, the secretary of state, advocated for this light footprint on the ground in benghazi when the intelligence seemed to suggest otherwise? secretary clinton will not be testifying this week citing doctors orders she remain at home as she recovers from this concussion. instead we'll hear from two of her deputies. >> when you hear the testimony of deputy secretary burns and deputy secretary nines remind they are standing in for her, so the testimony they give on thursday will very much reflect her view and how we should two forward from this report and how we should learn its lesson. >> reporter: two main takeaways here that sec
to reach a tax-and-spending deal in washington. the president just spoke at length about negotiations and we'll get to that in a moment. but earlier we heard a stern warning for uncle sam, meaning all of us, from one of the world's leading credit rating agencies. fix the fiscal crisis or risk a downgrade. fitch warning again that it may strip the united states of its aaa credit rating if washington is unable to strike a deal to avert these big tax hikes and spending cuts that we're going to see at the end of this year and also to allow borrowing to rise. now this is not the first time we've heard of these warnings or have seen america's credit take a hit. in 2011, standard & poor's cut its u.s. rating to double a from aaa blaming political brinkmanship for preventing on a agreement on raising the debt ceiling. we heard the president talk about the standoff in debt negotiations, a deal our stuart varney said is raising red flags. here is what he had to say earlier on his show. >> right after the election the boss of big labor, richard trumka led a delegation of leftists into the white
suit. joining us now is george zornick, washington reporter for the nation. you wrote a fascinating piece today about walmart. describe it. legislation isn't the only way to accomplish gun control. what are the other levers and pressure points? >> sure, i mean you look at what walmart has done over the past couple of years. expanding gun sales to more than half of their stores which is where it used to be a third or less, and it is something that they realized quite a bit of profits from. they've seen the gun sales go up 74%. when they did that, there wasn't a lot of public fanfare. they didn't heavily advertise guns are coming back to walmart. they did it because it was a smart money decision to do. if you look at at walmart they don't sell any thing that has the black and white advisory on it. more so because they're afraid that those kind of products will lead to boycotts, particularly church groups, evangelical groups and that could harm them in the deep south. up until this point the gun sales which h
you very much. president obama challenging washington to do something about gun control. >> summon even one tiny iota of the courage that the teachers, the principal in newtown showed on friday. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice
>>> the bulk of the system staying to the north around oregon and washington will start to slide south a little under eureka and mount shasta and crescent city with lower elevation rain and higher elevation snow today. high pressure over us, nearly calm and very, very dry air and that's why we are seeing temperatures drop so significantly this morning. by 7:00, we are at our lows for -- in general, noon mid to upper' Ñ 40s, 4:00, a few high clouds, a lot of sun low to mid 50s, 7:00 chilly, low to mid 40s. rain arrives in the north bay tomorrow, also will bring warmer weather, rain for all of us friday and saturday. >>> 6:14. new this morning, abc news has learned president obama will hold a briefing at the white house 8:45 in morning, our time to make announcement about the nation's gun policies after the school tragedy in connecticut where we find mark greenblatt this morning. >> reporter: good morning. another somber day in sandy hook in 45 minutes more funerals are slated to get underway. here in the center of town, behind me the memorial has grown it extends back behind me, around the corn
>> hi, everyone. i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" is following major news out of of washington. president obama's dual purpose news conference taking questions and even firing back at republicans as fiscal cliff negotiations seem to have once again come to a stand still. the president officially unveiled his next move to find a solution to a "wake up call to deal with gun violence " following the massacre in connecticut. vetoing john boehner's plan b. if current negotiations fall through. >> it actually means a tax increase for millions of working families across the country at the same time as folks like me would be getting a tax break. that violates the core principals that were debated during the course of this election. i'm going to continue to talk to the speaker and the other leaders in congress, but ultimately they have to make sure the middle class taxes do not go up and that we have a balanced responsible package of deficit reduck. it's hard for them to say yes to me. but at some point they have got to take me out of it. think about their voters. >> let me bring in the
of the week. it's all where we begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in washington. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. the white house today said president obama supports senator feinstein's proposed bill that would ban assault weapons and high capacity ammo clips. tonight gun control advocates think they have the momentum, but nra is now weighing in. four days after the newtown massacre, the nra today broke its silence in a statement saying it's made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters who are shocked, saddened and heart broken by the murders in newtown. it says it's prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. talk of new gun regulations has got gun store cash registers ringing in alabama. >> people who feel insecure about their surroundings and about the future are purchasing weapons. >> reporter: in oklahoma. >> wanting to take care of themselves. taking care of their own safety, the safety of their families. >> reporter: at a gun range in virginia, tim was shooting a mini 14. he opposes an assault weapons ban. >> why
's going on. we've conveyed very frankly, candidly to the chinese in both washington d.c. and beijing in my case. >> in beijing, what is the view that you can tell of kim jong-un about what power he has, who he is, what its capabilities are to stay in north korea? >> the chinese believe we need to give north korea a chance in and develop economically. china would like all the parties that are part of the six party talks to get back to the table and to see if we can't encourage better behavior from north korea as opposed to imposing sanctions now and trying to coerce north korea into the fold and abiding by their international obligations. so that's a difference of opinion as strategy. china believes we have to engage with north korea. the united states does every time to try to engage with north korea, they basically turned around and fail to respond to their promises and live up to promises and it gets us nowhere. we don't believe we should reward bad behavior. he knocked what is the most important thing the chinese leaders want from you everyday? what are they looking for? >> they want gr
. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., december 19, 2012. i hereby appoint the honorable daniel webster to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to s. res. 624, relative to the death of the honorable daniel k. inouye, senator from the state of ohio. -- hawaii. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip each, to five minutes but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gent
. margaret brennan is in washington. margaret, good morning. >> good morning to you, norah and to charlie. the review of the fatal assault blames systemic failures of leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels. within two bureaus of the state department. missteps that ultimately led to the deaths of ambassador christopher stevens and three american personnel at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> reporter: the investigation sharply criticizes the state department for a security posture that was, quote, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack. officials ignored requests from the u.s. embassy in tripoli for better security at the benghazi compound. the failure to coordinate is blamed on two departments within the state department. diplomatic security and near eastern affairs. among the findings, there was an intelligence knowledge gap about the high threat environment and the inability of libyan militias to protect the post. they ran away when the attackers approached. there was an inadequate number of diplomatic security agents. and there were no technically proficient staff
determining that security at the physician facility grossly inadequate that leaders in washington ignored repeated requests to add personnel there and after the tragedy that claimed four american lives, there was a lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership at the senior levels in libya, and in washington, d.c. our foreign affairs reporter elise lab bot live in washington this morning. what happens next after this report? >> well, soledad, the panel made about 29 recommendations for the state department to get working on. let me go over a few of them quickly. first of them is to strengthen security personnel for the high-threat post. one problem, the consulate relied on temporary, inexperienced staff and local militias not up to the task. they called for tighter securities at facilities and upgrades. a review of fire safety procedures. smoke inhalation killed ambassador stevens and sean smith. and in-depth checks of the threat environment. a big criticism, the state department failed to recognize the deter yoreating security situation, even in the face of other attacks leading u
up against the wall of the fiscal cliff so in a way congress and washington can decide whether it is happy christmas or not. >>shepard: they need to get on it. a month ago would have been good. we will take it tomorrow or the next day. >>shepard: but it is washington and they will look at it and laugh. >> two inmates pulled off a daring escape from a skyscraper jail in downtown chicago. officials say they used bed sheets to make a 200' long rope, and squeezed out of a small window 20 stories up, and scaled down the outside of this high-rise lockup using their homemade rope. they are said to be the first to escape a federal facility in almost two decades. both are convicted bank robbers each facing a harsh sentence. fbi officials say they consider them armed and dangerous. trace has much more on this. how long before officials realized they were missing? you could have looked out the window. >>trace: they know that both of these guys were present for the 10:00 head count on monday night but the bed sheets were not seen until about 7:00 the next morning so this was about an 8 1/2
to hold a major news conference in the washington, d.c. area on friday, december 21. after the newtown massacre, democratic congressman released this statement, i have been largely silent on the issue of gun violence over the past six years, and i now am as sorry for that as i am for the families who lost so much in this most recent, but sadly not isolated tragedy. i will not be silent any longer. joining me now, congressman john yarmouth, congressman, you have been in congress for six years from kentucky. difficult place to be elected from if you're on the wrong side of the nra. what do you believe the congress should do now and what are you prepared to support in congress? >> well, there are many things i'm prepared to support. the things the president has talked about. the re-institution of the assault weapons ban. limitation on high capacity magazines. the -- eliminating the gun show loophole. all of these things are very common sense things. actually things that the membership of the nra supports, which is ironic. most of these things are things that can have an impact, but more i
alert from washington. an independent panel investigating the attack on the u.s. cons land in libya says the state department is to blame. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed in the september 11th attack. there were system attic failures at the state department no one ignored or violated their duties and the board did not recommend discipline. however the panel did recommendation changes to improve embassy security. >>> tonight the u.s. is less than two weeks from the fiscal cliff and both sides are talking, there's still no deal. leaders in washington are trying to come up with a back up plan to avoid a financial fallout on new year's. tom fitzgerald has the latest. >> reporter: with just 13 days left until the fiscal cliff hits, democrats and republicans are trying to outmaneuver each other. >> at the same time we'll continue to talk with the president. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner wants taxes to rise only on people making more than $1 million and said the president has to cut more spending. >> the white house offered yesterday was essentially a $1.3 trilli
. there are no awards, there are no commemorative statues, all he has in his offices are pictures of washington and hawaii. that's he humility he showed his entire life. there was no staff there just the two of us. we talked for an hour. i would always remember -- having passed away yesterday, it will be imbedded in my mind. as we left, we both thought about fact we had not been able to sit down and talk like that enough. he professed at that time -- his words -- how lucky he has been his whole life. he said i got at emphysema now. i said, not from smoking. he said, i learn to smoke in the war as a boy. he smoked from 1944 to 1967. he told me he had lung cancer. but they were wrong. they took part of his lung out. he talked about how lucky he had been with surviving what he fought with lung can certification but how lucky he had been his while life, for example, the war. i'm sure people would not reflect on his massive injuries as being lucky. butth but he considered he was lucky to have lived. he had been called upon with three other people, three other soldiers, to cross a river in the dark o
amendment rights of the constitution. host: there is this headline in "the washington post" this morning. host: does that need to be looked at as well? guest: we had much more of a country that still restricted alcohol after prohibition four decades ago. that is one reason atf has fewer agents. canada tried to register the firearms and tried for over 10 years and finally dropped it. that didn't work out. i am not saying we shouldn't keep better records. fbi and other agencies should look at the background of everyone. i am not an expert in all these areas. having this debate where everybody blames the gun and everybody says it is the people involved on the other side, that is too simplistic. we have to put everything on the table. we can debate everything. we should debate our mental health situation. connecticut does not allow forced medication for people that are mentally ill. and our gun-free zone policy, which obviously has not worked. host: "the washington post" also notes -- host: joe from maryland. caller: my name is joe and i'm watching this on the news and everything. i make vie
, proposals that i then intend to push without delay. this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issues for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms right now. i asked joe to lead this effort in part because he wrote the 1994 crime bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime in this country. that plan -- that bill also included the assault weapons ban that was publicly supported at the time by former presidents including ronald reagan. the good news is there's already a growing consensus for us to build from. a majority of americans support banning the sale of military-style assault weapons. a majority of americans support banning the sale of high capacity ammunition clips. a majority of americans support laws requires background checks before all gun purchases so that criminals can't take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won't take the responsibility of doin
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